Meadows lack of denial confirms scandal
Bryson City, NC, September 26, 2016—Those who saw the debate between Mark Meadows and Rick Bryson at Western Carolina University Friday night may or may not have noticed two subtle points.
More payoffs: The investigation into the misuse of public funds and sexual harassment scandal in Meadows’ office has focused on a single payoff to Meadows’ former chief of staff, Kenny West. However, former employees in the congressman’s office have come forward to say that the practice of writing illegal “severance” checks was much larger than that. At least five other people were paid off in this manner and dismissed. When Bryson brought this up in the debate, MEADOWS DID NOT DENY IT.
Failure to protect female office workers: One woman who was sexually harassed in Meadows’ office was paid off and dismissed 14 months before Kenny West was let go. The circumstances were clear; it was sexual harassment that drove her to leave. Thus, Meadows had clear knowledge of West’s unwanted harassment long before it became public knowledge and he was forced to send West packing. For over a year, women in Meadows’ office were exposed to sexual harassment with Meadows’ knowledge of what was going on. When Bryson pointed this out in the debate, MEADOWS DID NOT DENY IT.
Meadows does not want to talk about misuse of public funds and the sexual harassment that took place on his watch . . . about the same way that Richard Nixon did not want to talk about his cover up of the Watergate break-in. However, as this story unfolds, he is found to have knowledge of what was going on, then doing nothing about it until the article that he was being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics broke a year ago.
Having knowledge of a crime and doing nothing about it makes Meadows an accessory.